Mole Removal in Toronto

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What are Moles?

Skin moles are common colored spots on the skin. Some people have moles from birth. Others develop moles as they age. In every case, a mole is formed by clusters of pigment-producing cells called melanocytes. These create a dark skin pigment called melanin, which gives moles their characteristic brown or tan colored appearance.

Mole removal is only medically mandated when atypical moles present early signs of skin cancer. However, mole removal is also a common cosmetic procedure. Usually, mole treatment is sought out by people who have moles in facial locations and is completely safe and painless.

What Causes Moles?

Moles can be present at birth. However, moles can also develop throughout early adulthood. Sun exposure is a common cause of moles. At the same time, though, certain genetic traits can make some people more susceptible to moles than others.

Having lighter skin, red hair, and green or hazel eyes increases the likelihood of being born with and developing moles.

Typically, melanin-producing melanocyte cells are distributed evenly throughout the dermis. This is why most people have a uniform skin tone and tan evenly.

When a mole is formed, melanocyte cells cluster in a specific area. This causes a tan, brown, or black oval shape. Moles can be flat or raised, and form anywhere on the body. Skin moles can also darken with age, pregnancy, and sun exposure. However, rapid changes in appearance should always be medically investigated.

Mole Removal in Toronto – What Options are Available?

Most mole removal skin care clinics in Toronto, use shave excisions and minor surgical excisions to remove moles. However, both methods can result in scarring.

At our Toronto Skin Clinic, we remove moles using a state-of-the-art thermocoagulation procedure. During thermocoagulation procedures, a tiny probe is applied to the site of a mole. Radio frequency energy is then used to instantly dehydrate melanocyte cell clusters. Mole treatments then see moles slough off naturally.

Different from laser mole removal and shave excising, thermocoagulation is pain-free and causes minimal damage to surrounding skin tissue. Patients will only ever feel a slight head sensation. Thermocoagulation mole treatments can, therefore, be applied to sensitive skin areas around the eyes, where traditional mole removal methods can result in scaring and other complications.

What Moles Can be Removed Using Thermocoagulation?

Thermocoagulation is an advanced skin therapy which can be used to treat skin tags, moles, freckles, thread veins, and other skin blemishes. Most patients prefer procedures, as when used on the scalp or near the hairline, thermocoagulation will not inhibit hair growth by damaging surrounding hair follicles.

Mole Removal Benefits

Moles are sometimes affectionately referred to as beauty spots. However, moles in highly visible locations can impact self-confidence. The benefits of removing moles are, therefore, predominately cosmetic. However, there are other benefits.

Some people invest in mole removal in Toronto to reduce the risk of moles developing into melanoma. The location of a mole can also occasionally cause physical discomfort. This is particularly true when moles need to be avoided when shaving, or are prone to itching. Removal, therefore, allows individuals to improve their looks and their level of comfort in the skin they’re in.

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Types of Moles

It is common for moles to differ slightly in appearance. Dermatologists, therefore, group moles into three distinct classifications.
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Regular Moles

Regular moles are considered ‘normal’ moles. Typically, moles considered normal and benign are symmetrical in shape and have a clearly defined border. Regular moles will also be even in color and not have a diameter exceeding 6mm. In rare cases, regular moles may lack pigment completely.

Mole removal and cosmetic mole treatment can be performed safely on any regular mole. However, if a regular mole has begun to grow or change in appearance, a patient should have a mole examined by a medical professional before planning removal.

Atypical Moles

Irregular / Atypical Moles

Irregular moles are moles which are not symmetrical in appearance. Moles usually have non-distinct borders. Their thicknesses can and coloration can also vary. In most cases, atypical moles will also be flat, with a diameter exceeding 8mm.

As most people know, atypical moles are the most likely to develop into melanoma. However, it is important to note that not all irregular moles are symptomatic of skin cancer. Atypical moles are representative of a higher risk of skin cancer, and simply need to be monitored for changes in appearance.

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Melanoma

Cancerous moles are similar to irregular moles. Most are also categorized as evolving/changing in appearance rapidly. In every case, atypical moles which visibly change in color or size should be medically investigated.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Removal of regular and moles is completely safe. It is also safe to remove irregular moles. However, moles should be examined by a medical doctor before treatment.

Conventional shave excising and surgical excision of moles will result in a small scar. However, the specialized thermocoagulation method our dermatologists use to remove moles, leaves no noticeable scarring.
Using thermocoagulation to remove a mole can take as little as 10-minutes. However, the average length of a mole removal procedure in Toronto is 30-minutes.
Mole removal is only necessary when atypical moles show signs of developing into melanoma. In every case, removal should be considered a medical rather than cosmetic procedure, and be undertaken by trained medical professionals.

Others may wish to have non-cancerous moles removed as a precaution against skin cancer. However, removal is always optional.

After removing a mole, a small scab will form in a treated area. This will heal just like any other small nick in the skin. Mole removal patients do not, therefore, need to take time off work. Nor will removal require any kind of prolonged recovery period.

Removal of minor skin imperfections is not required by law to be performed by a fully qualified medical doctor or surgeon. However, our mole removal clinic in Toronto pairs state-of-the-art technology with genuine dermatological expertise not found in other local skin care clinics.

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